Arrests made in international pangolin smuggling network

Pangolin, credit: A. J. T. Johnsingh, WWF-India and NCF, and B Kimmel via Wikipedia
Pangolin, credit: A. J. T. Johnsingh, WWF-India and NCF, and B Kimmel via Wikipedia

Eight people were arrested in Odisha in India for being part of an international pangolin smuggling network, a forest official said on Sunday.

They were trying to smuggle a pangolin when they got arrested. Large number of pangolin scales were found in their possession.

The forest officials detected an online trade link of the pangolin trafficking. The accused were using the internet to send photos of pangolins with codes to make deals with potential buyers. The network has ties with Myanmar and China.

Pangolins are the most trafficked animals in the world. They are also critically endangered in the wild. Their scales are mostly used for traditional Chinese medicine.

Source: IANS

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